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4 Aug 2009

Merlin Merger Provides Hedge Fund Managers Access to Network of Industry Experts

Hedge fund prime broker Merlin Securities and financial tech group Gerson Lehrman, announced an exclusive research partnership which will allow Merlin to provide emerging managers with access to Gerson Lehrman Group’snetwork of more than 200,000 experts. As a result of the partnership, Gerson Lehrman Group’s platform will be much more accessible to fund managers with assets of up to $150 million.

”We are very pleased to announce this exclusive partnership with Gerson Lehrman
Group,” Stephan Vermut, founder and managing partner of Merlin Securities, said,
”Gerson Lehrman Group is a trusted name and resource for generating alpha, and as
leaders in our respective markets, the combination of Gerson Lehrman Group’s worldrenowned expert network with Merlin’s prime, multi-prime and analytical solutions represents an extremely powerful offering for emerging managers.”

”The decision to offer services to emerging managers was a natural one,” Alexander Saint-Amand, president and chief executive officer of Gerson Lehrman Group, said, ”Like our current clients, emerging managers greatly value the sophisticated expertise offered through our global network. We are excited to be working with Merlin as our partner in providing Gerson Lehrman Group services to emerging managers.”

Merlin was recognized as the #1 prime broker for funds less than $1 billion by Alpha
magazine’s 2008 hedge fund service provider survey for the second year running. Merlin was also the top-ranked non-algorithmic-driven firm and second overall among brokerages trading NYSE stocks as measured by arrival price, according to the 2008 Elkins/McSherry annual transaction cost survey.

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